Final

Los Angeles wins series 4-2 (Game 1 of 6)

Los Angeles wins series 4-2

Game 1: Sunday, May 2nd
Lakers78Final
Spurs88
Game 2: Wednesday, May 5th
Lakers85Final
Spurs95
Game 3: Sunday, May 9th
Spurs81Final
Lakers105
Game 4: Tuesday, May 11th
Spurs90Final
Lakers98
Game 5: Thursday, May 13th
Lakers74Final
Spurs73
Game 6: Saturday, May 15th
Spurs76Final
Lakers88

Lakers 78

(56-26, 22-19 away)

Spurs 88

 

2:30 PM ET, May 2, 2004

AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX

1 2 3 4 T
LAL 14 19 32 1378
SA 21 20 21 2688

Top Performers

Los Angeles: K. Bryant 31 Pts, 10 Reb, 4 Ast, 2 Stl

San Antonio: T. Duncan 30 Pts, 11 Reb, 3 Ast, 3 Stl, 2 Blk

TD scores 12 of his 30 in final period

SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- The Los Angeles Lakers had a fourth-quarter plan: Get the ball inside to Shaquille O'Neal. The San Antonio Spurs answered with a better idea: Get the ball outside to Tim Duncan.

Duncan scored 12 of his 30 points in the final period, including three straight jumpers in a decisive 10-0 run, as the Spurs came back for an 88-78 win over the Lakers in Game 1 of their second-round playoff series Sunday.

Los Angeles, leading 65-62 after three, committed 11 turnovers and scored only 13 points in the fourth quarter, being held without a field goal for a six-minute span.

"We tried to force-feed Shaq, and they got four or five turnovers out of that that helped them get back into the game," Lakers coach Phil Jackson said. "By and large, we were victims of our own inability to execute."

The win was the Spurs' 16th straight since late March. Game 2 in the best-of-seven series is Wednesday night.

Duncan drew double-teams almost every time he got the ball in the second half, causing him trouble both posting up and driving. After scoring 15 points in the first two periods, he had only one basket in the third.

He scored on a layup and a jumper in the opening minutes of the fourth, then made his three straight jumpers in the 10-0 run.

"There's not a whole lot of secrets about what we do and what they do," Duncan said. "It's about going out there and imposing your will."

San Antonio's 10-0 spurt ended with a breakaway dunk by Manu Ginobili off a pass from Duncan, putting the Spurs ahead 83-71. San Antonio outscored the Lakers 17-3 on fast-break points.

Tony Parker added 20 points and nine assists, while Ginobili had 11 points.

The Spurs also corralled Kobe Bryant in the fourth quarter, limiting him to six points on 2-for-6 shooting after he scored 12 in the third to put the Lakers ahead.

"They did what they wanted to do and then late they had a big spurt in them and we didn't," said Bryant, who led the Lakers with 31 points. "They wanted to get into transition and run it, and that's what they did."

O'Neal scored 19 points and had a game-high 13 rebounds, but none in the fourth. Karl Malone scored 10, making only one basket in the final period.

"There were times I was in in the fourth quarter where I didn't do many positive things," Malone said. "I didn't produce -- not today at all."

After trailing 41-33 at the break, O'Neal and Bryant got their inside-outside game into a good rhythm as the Lakers opened the third quarter with a 13-4 run to take a lead that grew to as many as seven points.

"We probably came out a little sloppy in the third quarter or not as aggressive as in the first half," Ginobili said. "In the fourth quarter we realized our mistakes, we got more aggressive and they probably got a little tired."

With Los Angeles neutralizing Duncan by double-teaming him on every touch, Parker took over the offensive burden by driving inside against slower defenders or pulling up for jumpers, finishing with 13 points in the third.

"He's really matured in a point guard sort of way," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "I'll make a call and he'll shake me off like a pitcher and go call something else. It tells me he's really feeling like it's his team."

Both teams struggled to score in the game's opening minutes, together missing 14 of their first 20 shots

A short jump hook by O'Neal with 4:59 in the first gave the Lakers a 12-5 lead, but the Spurs finished the quarter with a 16-2 run.

Ginobili started the burst with a 3-pointer from the top of the arc, and Parker capped it by dribbling around Bryant and Malone before heaving a 31-footer at the buzzer to make the score 21-14.

Los Angeles trimmed the lead to 27-23 early in the second on a driving layup by Derek Fisher, but the Lakers followed with another five-minute span without a field goal.

Bryant ended the drought with a 3-pointer to pull Los Angeles to 34-29, but Duncan answered with a pair of midrange jumpers and Devin Brown made a 3-pointer with 28 seconds left to give San Antonio its biggest lead of the half, 41-31.

Game notes


O'Neal's postseason free throw struggles continued as he missed 10 of 13 attempts. Duncan was only 4-for-11 on foul shots and committed seven turnovers. ... Gary Payton shot just 1-for-8. ... San Antonio's bench outscored the Lakers' reserves, 23-6. ... Bryant was hit with a technical foul early in the fourth after he went nose to nose with Rasho Nesterovic. ... The Lakers were scheduled to return home after the game and come back Tuesday. ... In the 80 conference semifinals over the past two decades, the winner of Game 1 has gone on to win the series 66 times.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
LAL
SA
Points 78 88
FGM-FGA 26-69 (.377) 37-79 (.468)
3PM-3PA 4-10 (.400) 5-17 (.294)
FTM-FTA 22-33 (.667) 9-21 (.429)
Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 12-45 9-40
Assists 16 16
Turnovers 22 15
Steals 5 11
Blocks 6 3
Fast Break Points 0 8
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 20 (1/0) 26 (0/0)

Top Performers

Los Angeles
San Antonio
Kobe Bryant Bryant
Points: 31
Reb: 10
Ast: 4
Stl: 2
Blk: 0
Tim Duncan Duncan
Points: 30
Reb: 11
Ast: 3
Stl: 3
Blk: 2